Boston schools chief in talks about time off

School Superintendent ­Carol R. Johnson has been in discussions about her need to care for her ill husband, raising questions about her continued tenure in her post.

Insurers push clinic sleep testing into homes

Massachusetts insurance companies are restricting use of the in-lab sleep apnea tests, which run about $650 to $1,000, in favor of home testing at about one-third the cost.

Globe writer Shira Springer (left) learned the finer points of pole vaulting from Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr.

Gold medalist provides novice instruction in pole vaulting

Globe reporter Shira Springer tries pole vaulting with help from Jenn Suhr, the world’s top-ranked female.

// What does the groundhog have in store for us?

Will the rodent prognosticators sentence us to spend six more weeks in winter’s frigid, snowy grip?

Use of The Ride plummets since fare increase

Some senior and disabled patrons said the cost of The Ride has left them virtually house-bound.

Bill Parcells left the Patriots after coaching them to a loss in Super Bowl XXXI.

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Bill Parcells’ legacy with Patriots still strong

Parcells, a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this season, helped save the Patriots franchise in the 1990s and is the godfather of the team’s success since 2001.

Zack Dillahunty, here in a Newbury Street meeting spot, uses an iPhone app called Grindrto instantly find potential dates in his area.

Instant gratification is making us perpetually impatient

We’ve come to expect things so quickly in every corner of our lives, from shopping to relationships, that experts caution it’s making us less patient.

Tortilleria La Niña’s Tobe Armendariz is framed through a volcanic stone that he carved. The stone is used to grind corn into a paste.

Corn-wrapped success in Everett tortilla bakery

Jamie Mammano, inspired by a visit to a Tijuana tortilla bakery, founded Tortilleria La Niña, an Everett company that makes corn tortillas without preservatives.

From left, Nataka Crayton-Walker, Greg Bodine, and Bobby Walker at a City Growers micro-farm in Dorchester.

Companies cultivating urban-farming initiatives

Though still in their infancy, urban farming firms hope their sustainable initiatives yield profits and public good.

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From the Archives | Photo gallery

//[2].jpg The (Mystic) Tobin Bridge

The Mystic Bridge opened for traffic on Feb. 26, 1950, and was renamed in honor of former Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor Maurice J. Tobin in 1967.


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Scott Brown said another Senate race was “not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.’’

Brown opts not to run for Kerry’s seat, stuns his party

Scott Brown’s decision not to seek John F. Kerry’s Senate seat delivered a major blow to Republican leaders who saw in him their best chance to win the June 25 election.

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Marc Casper says he expects growth in 2013 to be slower than in 2012.

Thermo Fisher chief sees hard work ahead

While it posted sales of $12.5 billion last year, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. will have to work harder to continue increasing its profit and revenue.


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Stage Review

From left: Miles Jacoby, John Gardiner, Nick Cosgrove, and Michael Lomenda in “Jersey Boys.’’

In ‘Jersey Boys,’ the songs tell the story

What makes this story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, now playing at the Colonial Theatre, rise above the others is the four men who made it.